ellen koteff


Ellen KoteffEllen Koteff is an award-winning journalist and a communications expert specializing in the foodservice industry. Koteff is also a sought after speaker, participating as a moderator and panelist at numerous industry events, conferences and broadcast outlets.

As editor-in-chief of Nation’s Restaurant News, Koteff directed the editorial operations for more than a decade, including daily electronic media and weekly print publication. During her tenure there the publication won four Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards and was a finalist for nine out of ten years. Koteff also is the recipient of the McAllister Editorial Fellowship, an award administered through the American Business Media’s Educational Foundation. As part of the fellowship, Koteff worked with journalism students in the magazine program at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, IL. She was chosen as the fellowship winner from a group of 22 other editors who also had won Neal Awards.

In 2007 Ms. Koteff was named a Top Innovator in Business Publishing by Media Business magazine. The publication also was named to the annual “Power 50” list of most influential business-to-business publications for ten consecutive years. Koteff has served as editor-in-chief of FoodchannelPRO, a foodservice video-centric website, metro editor for the Parsippany Daily Record in Parsippany NJ, and as editor of the Palm Beach Daily News in Palm Beach, FL. She has contributed to Vanity Fair magazine, Palm Beach Life, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Women’s Wear Daily and Time Magazine.

Koteff is a former board member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum, an organization dedicated to furthering the careers of female executives in the foodservice industry. She is the former vice president of the International Foodservice Editorial Council, or IFEC, and is a jury member of the International Foodservice and Manufacturers Association’s Silver Plate Committee. She has also been on the board of directors of the Elliot Leadership Institute as well as the Multi-Cultural Foodservice Hospitality Alliance (MFHA).

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